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5 People Struck in Highland Park Crosswalk; Driver May Have Run Stop Sign

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A driver who struck five people as they walked through a crosswalk in Highland Park Friday may have run a stop sign, witnesses told police.

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At least two people were struck by a car near an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident happened in the 900 block of North Avenue 57, near Yorkdale Elementary School, at about 8:15 a.m., according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Witnesses said the driver failed to stop at a stop sign before striking the two adults and three children.

A 52-year-old grandmother and one of her grandchildren were in transported in critical condition following the crash, Scott said.

The two other children and a 32-year-old woman suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals for further treatment, Scott said.

All of the victims were related, according to Scott.

Two of the children, one boy and one girl, were third graders who attended the elementary school. The other child, a girl, was a fifth grader at the school, Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman posted on Twitter.

Crises counselors were called to the school, according to Zipperman’s tweet.

The driver, believed to be an 87-year-old man, was left uninjured, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division was investigating the cause of the crash.

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